How to Coach A Fellow Runner and Be Heard.

Coaching is good! But it can make you appear boastful and less credible.

Sooner or later a friend of yours might be doing a list of bad running habits. It  entices, compel or tempt you to coach your friend with an “experienced runner’s” advice  because you once sucked at running yourself.

I say, DON’T even try or think about giving one.

Why?

They might get annoyed. Even if it is constructive.

Back when I had only little expereince with running, I remember a veteran runner hand me a couple of unsolicited coaching.

My form was bad and I admit I wanted to learn how to do it “right” from him. Instead of being awed, he gave me an impression how big headed he was.

“The urge to share experiences and teach a thing or two to a fellow runner is normal. I want do it, you want do it and a lot of runners out there WANT do it.”

So how do you do it  WITHOUT being boastful?

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4 Tips I Personally Use.

1. Tell me if my pace is fast or slow. – Coach ONLY when being asked. The person asking you probably has his or her own ideas and is just looking for a different perspective. Remember this all the time.

2. My workout is for a Half-Marathon. – You need to be honest. Really! You can’t expect to teach a person something without experience. Getting someone to do speedworkouts when you haven’t even done it yourself just ruins your reputation.

3. Coach to teach! – It is all about the person you are helping. Do it for the sake of giving advice and NOT talking about personal bests and finishers medals. They want to know how to get close to whatever it is that you accomplished. Show ’em how to do it!

4. Superman CAN’T stand kryptonite. – Tell your setbacks, failures or injuries. Acknowledge your weaknesses and how you overcome them. It raises your believability and shows them that what you are teaching is not just some shit you read in the internet last night.

The Lazy List
Coach when being asked,  be honest, teach what the person needs to learn and acknowledge your failures.

Now I want to hear from you. Which of the tips are you planning to use? Do you have techniques you would like to share? Let me know by leaving a comment.

Simple. Practical. No nonsense- ezRunner.

Profile Images and Running

Make it easy to tell what you do


If there is one thing that will tell people you are a runner is to show them you are a runner. It’s one way of bragging in social media. And let them remember by providing visual references.

But sometimes we get a little bit overboard with the concept.

Instead of looking good it can make you look vain, stupid. As an example see my profile below and note how it looks.

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Most of the time the way I decide to pick the pictures for my profile page sucks. But looking at other great and creative concepts from different fields had me thinking “Hey! I can make this!”. And you can definitely apply the idea as an athlete. You ask “how?”

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Before that, let me cite an article I came across by Mary Ann Warriner about the kind of lousy pictures that you and me should not use on Linkedin. If you don’t know what Linkedin is, it’s a site for professionals and business owners who are seeking jobs and looking for workers. I personally learned a thing or two what to trash and which to spare from a number of images I had taken from my smart phone camera.

Ok so this is how  you get to use it.

You might want to tell people on social media what it is that you do. And teach your friends about it. One way is to be “creative” with your profile picture.

Although this is not a rule, law or somebody else’s freakin’ standard we need to follow but what can you lose if you do so?

Right?

Instead it will make you look better and worthy of praise. I’m sure many of us, including myself, wanted to teach friends the value of running and this one is a good persuation tool you and I can use.

What are the guidelines for a good profile image?

Michael Hyatt has these great suggestions you can work on. I will point a couple that I find useful and practical for me.
1. Don’t shoot in a studio. You need to look natural as possible.
2. Hire a pro. If you can’t afford one ask for a friend who does photo shoots for free. Be a guine pig.
3. Smile. Grumpies don’t get much likes. And don’t just give shit! Be genuine!

Remember that it is important that your profile picture is relevant and within context. As a runner, it makes your page interesting and worth while to visit. Take a look at these famous examples.

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Do you plan to use this tip? Let me know. If not, please tell this to your friends who might want to improve their social media page.

Simple. Practical. No Nonsense. – ezRunner.

2 Things You Need to Know As A Runner and Why

The risks in running may sound “absurd” but it is real.

Do you ever wonder what endurance athletes care about? I’ve got a few ideas. Shoes, singlets, medals, races  and the most stupid – speed.

While some care for complements and worthless flattery to things they already know, many miss out talking on more important details because they have little or no idea at all.

So what are these little missed outs?

1. HEAVIER BODY WEIGHT– I am not a fan of diets. Many of my friends have this perception of runners associated with reduced body weight. It is true because if I ask one of them  how to lose pounds, chances are I get a “go jog your ass” response.

But there’s a flip side.

Recreational runners know plenty about weight loss and surprisingly have only guesses why some gain weight while offering “run more” suggestions.

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I just can't say no after my long slow distance run!

What IS with weight gain that runners ignore it?

Added Sugar. One often allibi I take pleasure with is to eat too much of the sweet stuff. I’d figure “hey, that was a tough 20 kilometer slow run” and made me think I deserve it.

And I do deserve it!

But it’s not a license to eat more than my body actualy needs. Doing so offsets the losses and lead to gaining mass from extra calories.

It’s overcompensating and that’s no good.

Coach Jeff Gaudette has an article that describes it in a nice detail posted in RunnersConnect.

Take a look at what you eat. Added sugar have sneaky forms and the easiest way for me to identify these hidden calories is if it’s SPF – Sweet  Processed Food.

READ: Added Sugar May Add To Weight Gain In US – WebMD

2. HARD ON HEART – healthy running is my mantra. The funny thing though is I almost never bother reading or ask Google for stuffs like “leading causes of death for endurance athletes” and the likes of it. I ignore them for other interesting topics like – ufos and aliens. 

Go ahead and smack me in the face.

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We never bothered about pulse rates. We almost always talk about personal bests!

Seriously.

Just to be aware, there is data provided for the RACER Study Group that supports the argument but it’s a rare event where the chance of happening is a 1 in 10,900,000 ratio. It’s not a cause for alarm that’s why it is seldom discussed.

CHECK THIS OUT: Famous Runners Who Died – Famous101.com

Edward M. Eveld  published an article in the Miami Herald about a research evaluating the negative effects of distance running. Most athletes can get away with ramped up weekly mileage while they are still young but the same intensity, as stated, may not be ideal for seasoned and long time runners.

LEARN MORE: May Have Limited Benefits – MedicalDaily.com

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Hope to be like them when the time comes! Horah!

Personally I aim to run even in my senior years. To keep the fun factor alive – moderation is key.

Run daily, healthy.

So You Want to Be a Storyteller?

Amazing!

Sam S. Mullins: a blog about anything

Really? Even if people won’t want to date you ever again for fear that you’ll one day talk about them on stage? You’re sure?

Okay. Welcome aboard.

Here’s a cheap glass of wine. Where we’re going, you’ll need it.

I’ve got to tell you – I think you’ve picked a great time to get into the story game. I mean, with the success of storytelling podcasts like The Moth, RISK!, Definitely Not the Opera, Snap Judgement and This American Life millions of people are now aware of the phenomenon of modern storytelling. Just about every city in North America now has a regular storytelling event, and there seems to be more opportunities for storytellers than ever before. For raconteurs like us, the getting has never been good-er.

But before you start speaking your heart into the crackly microphone at the local roti place’s storytelling event (at which no one is there to actually hear stories [they’re just there…

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Want Ice Cream? Sell Ice Candies!

“Arouse in others an eager want…”

Dale Carnegie

This is not a running related post. I thought I’d share something about parenting and selling.

A couple of weeks ago my wife wanted to earn some money and got the idea of selling ice candies. My initial reaction was to procrastinate. Of course I don’t want her roaming around almost all day selling under the heat of the midday sun!

But she still got me to agree with her by reasoning to me to have a local store take a cut out of the total sale.

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I just had a good lecture of how to make people do what you want them to. Our tiny business got off well and my wife was pleased with it. But there’s a small dint to it – the kids are literally eating their way through our income!

At first there’s just one piece, no big deal.

The next day, one in the morning then another at night.

Then on the following day, when I woke up early, I was surprised to see my son holding this piece of ice candy – on our bed!

We have ourselves a losing streak here! You might have guessed how my wife reacted. Nope she was not mad at the kids. She was upset with me!

WHY?

“I don’t want them to grow up deprived of what they need to experience.” she says.

“Hey look, we’re on the same side here so please don’t get me wrong. I do want them to have those ice candies but not on the expense of losing your investment.” I replied.

My wife needed to be acknowledged of her correct ideas. But there has got to be a better way.

So I told her to listen, if she’s willing to learn, and I’ll give her and the kids what they want.

I sat in front of the children and  engaged them in a calm and logical conversation which goes:

me: Is mama’s ice candy delicious?
kids: Yes!
me:  How about halohalo? ( their eyes fired up with anticipation)
kids: Why pa? You gonna buy us yummy halohalo? (..tch smart kid..lol!)
me: Nope, I don’t have money right now but instead you can have one if you save some money out of selling the ice candies. (gotcha!)
kids:  ….uh huh… ( what???? )
kids:  how much we need pa? ( now were getting somewhere…) me: It’s only 55 pesos and …

I continued explaining to them a simple computation and they catched on pretty quick. Immediately the craving stopped, business saved and a happy wife!

Run daily, healthy.